Gardaí are looking to honour youth
Gardaí are looking to honour young people who have selflessly worked for their communities or worthy causes so they can highlight their achievements.
Adults are being urged to nominate anybody who fits the bill, if they are between the ages of 14 and 19 on December 31 this year for the Cork North Garda Division’s Youth Achievement Awards.
The awards, which were launched recently in Fermoy, are sponsored by Supermac’s, which has a number of outlets in the region.
Inspector Michael Corbett said winning such an award would be very beneficial on a young person’s CV.
He said that gardaí would be distributing nomination forms to sporting organisations and visiting secondary schools and youth clubs in the region to encourage participation ahead of the awards presentation night which will be held at the Charleville Park Hotel on November 23.
Inspector Corbett said it was unclear yet how many awards would be given out, but expected there would be a number.
He said this would be dependent on the number and calibre of the applications received.
He pointed out that nominations will not only be accepted for individuals but also for groups.
The nominees must reside in the Cork North Garda Division, which is one of the biggest in the country.
It stretches from Meelin in the north-west down to Youghal bridge and from Mitchelstown to Watergrasshill.
In previous years young people from the Glanmire area were nominated for awards.
However, it is no longer in the Cork North Garda Division division after being transferred into the Cork City Garda Division.
Application forms are now available through every garda station in the division and anybody with queries about them can contact Garda Juvenile Liaison Officers of Community Gardaí in Fermoy, Mallow, Charleville, Mitchelstown, Midleton, Youghal, Cobh or Kanturk garda stations.
The awards will recognise achievements up to and including 2017.
The will be judged by an independent panel representing communities in the region and Inspector Corbett said the award winner will be notified by October 27.
Anyone over the age of 18, including family members, can make a nomination.
“The Gardai are very committed to the awards scheme and the importance of recognising the good work done by young people,” Inspector Corbett said.